Single sign-on (SSO) is a term that refers to using one username and password to access multiple systems without having to log in over and over again. Since 2005, UALR has been strategically moving toward using the same username and password—the NetID—on multiple systems. Single sign-on was introduced in February 2012 for the three most-used systems on campus (Google Apps, Blackboard, and BOSS).
When you log into a UALR system using single sign-on, a “session” is created and you are automatically able to log into other SSO-enabled systems without having to provide your username and password again. As long as your session is valid, you may pass between systems without having to log in again. After a certain amount of time your session automatically expires to help keep your data secure.
Applications that are built or modified to use this technology will first check to see if you have a valid session. If not, you will be asked to log in. Once you log in successfully, you are redirected back to the application. At this point you have a valid session and can visit other compatible applications (Google Apps, Blackboard, and BOSS) without having to log in again. Future applications will be configured or modified to adopt this philosophy.
It is important to note that for security reasons, UALR users must remember to log out and close the browser window when finished using a single sign-on system.